Wednesday, December 18. 2013
I want to write some more about this later, but for now I want to just get the links up. Francis Davis started running a Jazz Critics Poll back at the Village Voice in 2006, and he's managed to keep it running even after the Voice lost interest. This year's poll is sponsored by NPR and is up on their website today. The links:
The first two of those links are to pieces by Francis Davis: the first with top-50 standings and a rundown of the top ten; the second with Davis's own ballot and year-end summary. The third is a link to my web server, where I've formatted the 137 individual ballots and tabulated them up so you can see the results down to the very last pick. I've been doing this since 2009, when Rob Harvilla at the Voice decided it would be less hassle (for him, anyway) to pay me to do it than to run it through the Voice's web bureaucracy. For most of the years I've also been asked to submit a sidebar piece -- basically a dressed up version of my own ballot. That didn't happen this year, but I've already shot my wad on that subject here.
More later . . .
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Thanks for this. Overwhelming support for Wayne Shorter--nice album, I guess, but I didn't rush out to buy it. Any chance you'd like to host EW's Pazz & Jop poll? Someone there did it last year, but I haven't seen any mention of it in the comments yet.